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Wednesday, 4 April 2012



SITTING on my desk are two large leather-bound albums, each containing about 600 photographs, all taken by my late father. As far as I am aware, all the images were taken on his Pocket Ensign 'All Distance' Model No.1. The second album was completed in about 1957.

Their contents represent a pictorial record of his life that saw him serve in Gallpoli, Turkey during the First World War, work, play and socialise throughout the 1920s and get married in the '30s. When I came along in 1938, he continued to snap away, recording my early childhood. However, my father was not a photographic enthusiast, or indeed an amateur photographer. He simply took 'snaps', which is what it proudly announces in gold and black on the cover of each album. Practically, all the images are simple contact prints, many now in faded sepia, without any particular merit. Nevertheless, to me they are a priceless record of his life, family, friends, surroundings and dwellings. They not only show the ever-changing environment, but also give a fascinating glimpse of his motor cycles, cars and places visited.

I, by contrast, am an enthusiastic amateur photographer, who constantly seeking to capture the sort of images that could hopefully grace the pages of AP. Inspired by my late father's efforts. I systematically organise and file my photographs into appropriate folders and albums, and in addition to my 'serious' photography I try to record the same sort of things he did.

On day I hope that my children and grandchildren will appreciate my efforts as much as I have treasured my father's, but I have serious doubts about this. They all have digital cameras and mobile phones, and like so many of us these days, they take hundreds of images that clog up their memory cards and laptops. It seems to me the only guaranteed destination for some of them will be Facebook and the rest will just languish until something seizes up.

My father had to first purchase a roll of film, and then pay hard-earned cash to have it processed, and because of this, every exposure would have been carefully considered. By contrast, digital photography is 'free' until you actually commit to a print.

I believe before we press the shutter, we should ask ourselves what we intend to do the actual photograph. I think we should also try to record as many interesting happenings in our lives, such as family and friends, and places that are likely to change, so that in the years to come others can see what has happened. The chances are the classic landscape will be there for others to capture, but can you say the same about other things in your life?

From an article in the Back Chat Section of Amateur Photographer magazine 7 April 2012 issue by AP Reader Bob Rowles.

An edited version appears here.

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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90s just packed up on me during a photographic shoot.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is well over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Tamrac camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Tamrac one is a medium sized back pack type bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have three Canon T90 and one A1 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.


"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.